A Kansas City, Missouri, couple is now facing charges after the father of a 1-year-old girl reportedly punched her babysitter in the face and hit him over the head with a dresser drawer.

However, the babysitter, 26-year-old Jayson Newlun, is currently being held behind bars on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Kansas City Police Department

As WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, reports, the parents of a 1-year-old girl had left their baby in the care of Newlun while they ran a brief errand.

According to court documents, five minutes after leaving their North Kansas City home, the couple realized they had forgotten food assistance paperwork and turned around to retrieve it.

When they got home, the mother walked into her daughter’s bedroom to find a truly disturbing sight: Newlun was allegedly fondling the child.

The mother of the child screamed, alerting the father, who ran to the room and tackled Newlun, hitting him with the dresser drawer and repeatedly punching him in the face.

According to The Kansas City Star, the parents detained Newlun until police arrived. He has been charged with first-degree statutory sodomy.

The mother of the child reportedly told Newlun before police arrived: “I hope you go down for this.” Newlun reportedly responded:

“I do, too.”

Newlun’s next court date is July 18 and if convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison.

According to the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), 90 percent of children who are abused suffer at the hands of someone they know, love, or trust. Twenty percent of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8, and most never tell or do not recall the abuse having occurred.

NAASCA reports that between two-thirds and 90 percent of sexual abuse victims never tell anyone about the abuse.

In a March 14 article on the NAASCA website, convicted child molesters receiving treatment at the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon (now closed), compiled information and wrote about the profiles of child molesters, how they gain access to children, and why they aren’t always caught.

One particularly chilling statement reads:

Remember, once I start, I will do everything possible to continue molesting your child.

Prevention strategies recommended by NAASCA that are applicable to parents of very young children include:

  • Be wary of older children or adults who want to spend a lot of time alone with your child.
  • Trust your intuition: if you feel something is not right in your child’s relationships, act on it.

In the instance of the Kansas City couple, whether they had forgotten their paperwork on accident or there was a higher cause behind it, thankfully they returned home when they did.

Their baby girl won’t become one of the many children of abuse who either don’t remember it or are too afraid to speak up.

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